Line helps Dragons rushers take off

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The challenge Carroll head football coach Hal Wasson has had over the last six months is forming his offensive line.

Before the Midland Lee game, Wasson went with the lineup of Evan Brown at left tackle, Ian Moss at left guard, Landry Williams at center, Drew Jakala at right guard and Grant Stewart at right tackle. The swing man is now Jack Proskovec.

That unit has remained intact. Barring any unforeseen injury, this is the way things will look for the balance of 2013. Wasson said the moves of Stewart to right tackle from right guard and Jakala to right guard really changed the look of the offense. Carroll pummeled Keller Timber Creek for 559 yards in the 77-6 rout this past Thursday at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex.

The running game had a strong performance as senior A.J. Ezzard, who appears to be as healthy as he has been with his ankle injury, rushed for 117 yards while sophomore Lil’Jordon Humphrey rushed for a career-high 111 yards. Wasson said he saw a burst from Ezzard he had not seen yet this season.

“I thought our running game continues to get better and that’s something we’ve talked about for the last six weeks,” he said. “We are growing. It’s not leaps and bounds, but we’re playing pretty good.

“What we have to do is practice great. We’re still not practicing at a level up front of where we need to be. That will come.”

Wasson pointed out the need to practice with a greater sense of urgency with this unit. He said he feels like this unit is at a level of 70 percent but the other 30 is where the maturity and the intensity have to improve.

Carroll (4-1, 2-0 in 4-5A) should run through this district undefeated at 7-0, but playing to a higher standard is something that’s been in place ever since Bob Ledbetter arrived in the 1980s.

“Regardless of who is out there on the side,” Wasson said, “you cannot look at the scoreboard. You have to keep going against yourself. You can never feel content.”

A little scoreboard watching

Admittedly, coaches want to see how the rest of their region is doing. Carroll’s first goal is to beat Richland on Friday and move to 5-1 and 3-0.

Still, Class 5A Region I remains arguably the toughest in Texas. You have No. 3 DeSoto playing at a high level, followed by Cedar Hill, whose two losses are to No. 1 Allen and DeSoto. Arlington Martin and Arlington Lamar are both 4-1. Then there’s Euless Trinity (3-2), which seems to be finding its rhythm after dropping its first two games to Tulsa Jenks and DeSoto.

“You’re aware of it,” Wasson said. “But we don’t talk about it in the fieldhouse or the locker room. We just continue to keep building. It’s just one week at a time and it’s about 4-5A.”

About Richland

Coached by one-time star Rebels player Ged Cates, the Rebels (2-3, 1-1 in 4-5A) are feeling the momentum of a dominating 28-7 victory over rival Haltom in the Battle of Fossil Creek. The Rebels used that victory to break a three-game losing streak. They won their season opener against Weatherford.

Defensively, when they have faced athletic teams, they have struggled. They surrendered 56 points to Rockwall-Heath, 42 to Keller Fossil Ridge and 46 to Birdville.

Senior quarterback Brandon Maine isn’t very big at 5-9, but he’s a gritty competitor. He’s thrown for 775 yards and nine scores but has yielded eight interceptions. Running back C.J. Hicks has rushed for about 400 yards.

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